Robert McKinley, Senior Analyst/Editor Robert McKinley, with 33 years experience covering payment cards and payment systems, is Senior Analyst/Editor for CardFlash and other payments-related publications. He is the retired founder and chief executive of RAM Research, CardWeb and CardTrak. McKinley served as an expert witness in 100+ litigations including two multi-$billion trials, testified before the U.S. Congress, chaired multiple payments conferences, hired as consultant by Fortune 100 companies and several overseas financial institutions. Full Bio: www.rbm4.com

Global Credit Card Profits

Global Credit Card Profits Continue to Soar Approaching 30% YOY

Global credit card profits for the top four networks are incredibly strong year-on-year (YOY) in the third quarter (3Q/18). The network peer group net income (after tax) soared 28.7% YOY for 3Q/18, equally driven by Visa and Mastercard, according to RAM Research. Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Discover reported a combined 3Q/18 (after tax) profit…

U.S. Credit Card Issuer Outstandings

Credit Card Issuers Post Weak Growth in Outstandings for Q3

U.S. credit card outstandings end-of-period (EOP) among the Big 6 credit card issuers increased 4.9% in the third quarter (3Q/18) year-on-year (YOY) to $570.1 billion. Over the past two years, Top 6 outstandings have jumped 12.6%. The robust aggregate gain resulted from strong YOY growth from American Express and Discover, according to RAM Research. The…

Global Payment Card GDV

Global Payment Card GDV FX YOY Remains Level in Q3

Global Payment Card GDV (Gross Dollar Volume) for Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Discover cards (credit + debit) globally increased 6.2% year-on-year (YOY) on a nominal dollars basis, for the third quarter (3Q/18). However, on a currency adjusted basis (FX) global GDV for 3Q/18 increased an estimated 10.3% YOY, according to RAM Research. The major…

U.S. Credit Card PDV Big 6 Issuers

Credit Card U.S. PDV Posts Double Digits YOY Growth in Q3

Credit card U.S. PDV (Purchase Dollar Volume), for credit cards, among the Big 6 U.S. credit card issuers, rose 10.9% year-on-year (YOY) for the third quarter (3Q/18), compared to growth rate of 10.6% for 2Q/18, according to CardData. Capital One scorched the Big 6 with the largest YOY PDV gain, while Bank of America was…

Visa Mastercard CIF for U.S.

Visa Mastercard CIF for the U.S. Market Loses Momentum in the Second Half

U.S. Visa Mastercard CIF (cards-in-force) for payment cards (credit & debit) increased 2.1% year-on-year (YOY) in the third quarter (3Q/18), compared to a 6.6% YOY gain in the prior quarter. U.S. credit cards increased 2.9% YOY while CIF for debit cards rose 1.5% YOY, in 3Q/18. There are were 1289 million Visa and Mastercard payment…

Holiday Spending Data

Real-Time Holiday Spending Trends Powered by First Data is Awesome Commerce Tool

Real-time holiday spending data are here from a payments industry leader for the first time. Payments processor First Data, launched the live dashboard just before Black Friday, November 23rd and offering free access until January 3rd. Spending Data The Holiday Insights dashboard reflects actual transaction data from millions of U.S. merchants. The Thanksgiving-Black Friday period…

Canada Visa Mastercard

Canada Visa Mastercard Credit and Debit Cards Posts Solid Q3 Gains

Purchase dollar volume (PDV) for Canada Visa Mastercard payment cards (credit cards +debit cards) posted strong performance again in the third quarter (3Q/18) up 4.9% nominal or 9.9% currency adjusted (FX) year-on-year (YOY). Sequentially, nominal and FX YOY increases were 14.5% and 10.0%, respectively, Canadian payment cards-in-force (CIF) increased 10.4% YOY to 117 million for…

U.S. Credit Card Marketshare

Visa U.S. Marketshare Grows at Expense of Mastercard and American Express

Visa U.S. marketshare (MS/GDV) expanded among the nation’s four major payment card networks. The major four networks produced $1754 billion in U.S. gross dollar volume (GDV) in the third quarter (3Q/18) for a 9.8% year-on-year (YOY) gain, compared to 9.3% YOY in the prior quarter, according to CardData. Visa continues to rule the market, growing…

Credit Cards-in-Force

Credit Cards-in-Force Growth Signals U.S. Market Saturation

Credit Cards-In-Force (CIF) in the third quarter (3Q/18) for Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover in the U.S. was up 3.8% year-on-year (YOY). At the end of 3Q/18, there were 676 million U.S. credit/charge CIF compared to 651 million for 3Q/17, according to RAM Research. Total U.S. credit cards for 3Q/18 stands at an estimated…